How does Nutrition affect Menopause
Put Food to work for you
It may seem simple, but what you put in your mouth really does have a profound impact on your health. Food choices can either help or hinder the processes in your body, especially for women in midlife. Some foods help stabilize blood-sugar levels, reduce inflammation, and promote muscle growth and strength, while others can wreak havoc on your body.
Nutrition Affects Menopause Symptoms
The declining estrogen levels during menopause mean that women’s bodies have different nutritional needs than earlier in life. What used to sustain us now needs a little tweaking to keep us strong and moving ahead in our active lives.
Choosing the “right” foods provides the fuel we need to fight the changes that occur in midlife. Better nutrition can help reduce hot flashes, improve sleep, improve cardiovascular health, increase bone density and muscle mass, and maintain a healthy weight.
What’s On The Menu?
Studies show that women who eat diets rich in whole foods have better overall health and fewer menopause symptoms. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, high-quality protein, and healthy fats should fill your meals and snacks, while limiting your intake of added sugars, processed carbohydrates, and alcohol. Swap out processed foods (basically anything that comes in a box or a bag at the grocery store) for inflammation-fighting foods and muscle-building proteins.
Fruits And Vegetables
American dietary guidelines recommend that fruits and vegetables fill half of your plate for each meal. A recent study found that menopausal women who eat more vegetables, fruit, fiber, and soy had a 19 percent reduction in hot flashes.
Women in midlife have an increased risk of cardiovascular health problems, and whole grains are a good way to help reduce that risk. Choosing quality, whole-grain carbohydrates packed with fiber has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.